I've been running since University - not always very well, and sometimes under duress, but always loved it once I was out there! My love of running has served me well as I travelled round the world after uni & found running was a great way to see new places and sights, completely for free :-) In my early 20s I moved to London and started running more regularly, entering my first 10k with my flatmate and my best friend Liz. We didn't run particularly fast, but the t-shirt and trophy (which I still have) more than made up for the not so impressive time! We got the bug, and within a year I ran my first London marathon and then went on to run another 4 within the next two years, even picking up a Senior Women's title in my 3rd marathon (tip: pick races where there are hardly any other women your age running!!!) I've now run countless races, including 16 full marathons (including running 3 in 3 days), an ultra, qualified (& ran) Boston, have represented GB at duathlon (like triathlon, but you run more instead of swimming!) at the World Champs in Denmark in 2018, won Bronze at the Euros in Romania in 2019 and have qualified for Euros in 2020. I'm also the Event Director of our local parkrun in Buckingham.
I've been running on and off for 20-odd years (since meeting Jane it's been mostly on, funnily enough) I've completed 5 marathons and an ultra; ran a lot of half marathons; and more recently have taken up triathlon - wrestling out of a wetsuit at speed is a great addition to the skill-set. So far I have been sprint and standard distance racing but the goal at some point is to head for longer distances ... I'm also a big fan of trail running and like to get off road as much as possible. I've always found it easier to run if you're distracted by the scenery or the odd cow pat so here's to mud, fresh air and brand new trail shoes.
Both of us are UK Athletics Run England Leaders in Running Fitness, and Jane is currently completing the UK Athletics Coaching qualification.